Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Fontbonne University and Webster University were the first schools visited on the Lionpalooza College Alumni Tour.
Saint Viator alumni attending those colleges were invited to reconnect and meet up with fellow Viatorians during a visit sponsored by Saint Viator High School and the Viatorian Office of Vocation Ministry.
They gathered for a Mass celebrated by Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, in Jesuit Hall on the Saint Louis University campus. After Mass, the group enjoyed lunch and caught up with former classmates. Students also learned how to remain involved in the Viatorian mission.
“I want our alumni to know that we are committed to their spiritual growth through college — and beyond,” Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, said
Accompanying Fr. Brost on this trip was Chris Wells, director of alumni relations, and Br. John Eustice, director of vocation ministry for the Clerics of St. Viator.
“Lionpalooza is our way to show alumni that Saint Viator will always be their home,” Wells said. “Our alumni made it a priority to be there.”
After visiting two college campuses last year, Saint Viator officials decided to ramp up their outreach ministry. This year, they will make eight college campus visits in the Midwest and Washington DC area, visiting with alumni at nearly 20 schools.
Next up, the tour will stop in Chicago Thursday, Nov. 6 to visit with Saint Viator alum attending DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University.
Less than one week later on Monday, Nov. 10, the tour heads to Washington DC to visit with alumni attending American University, George Washington University and Georgetown University.
Subsequent stops include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Tuesday, Dec. 2, the University of Iowa Monday, Dec. 8, and Milwaukee to meet with students attending Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.
The tour concludes with a weekend in Indiana, stopping Friday, April 17, 2015 in South Bend to meet with alumni attending the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, before heading south on April 18 to meet with alumni at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Beyond the social and spiritual aspect of the visits, alumni learned of ways to stay connected with their alma mater and the Viatorians.
They learned of many exciting events coming up, including 2014 Homecoming Weekend, an alumni 3-on-3-basketball tournament, the Belize Immersion Trip in December, and leadership opportunities at next summer’s Viatorian Youth Congress.
“It’s a way for us to reach out to our college alumni and let them know that we’re there for them and that we’re thinking of them,” Br. Eustice said. “What better way to do that than to join with them in prayer and in receiving the Eucharist.”